Katty Alhayek is a scholar-activist from Syria and a PhD candidate in Communication at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her research interests broadly center around themes of conflict, displacement, gender, media and new technologies. Katty published peer-reviewed articles in journals like International Journal of Communication; Gender, Technology and Development; Syria Studies; and Feminist Media Studies. She worked for organizations like The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women; The Online Journal of Space Communication; and Geneva Institute for Human Rights. A former Open Society Foundations fellow, Ms. Alhayek holds Master’s degrees in International Affairs and Media Studies from Ohio University and a graduate certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She earned an undergraduate degree in Media Studies from Damascus University in 2008.